Isle of Whithorn - Burrow Head - Physgill Glen

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This is an exhilarating linear walk along the coastal path from the harbour at Isle of Whithorn, rounding Burrow Head and descending to reach Port Castle Bay. Here a short detour along the stony beach brings one to St Ninian's Cave, the subject of pilgrimage over many centuries to where the man who brought Christianity to Scotland is reputed to have meditated. Your walk ends with a gentle climb up the wooded Physgill Glen to the car park at Kidsdale.

Sometimes seals are to be seen offshore. Fellow-members of the Wigtown Talks and Walks Group, with whom I walked this route, saw them; two members have also spotted an otter along this coast. Regarding wildflowers, the best time of year would undoubtedly be May, but even in August there were many colourful patches. It must be emphasised that the coastal path often passes perilously close to steep cliffs and that this is not a walk on which to take small children or the unfit. Neither is it at all suitable for dogs.

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Coast


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Industrial Archaeology, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Sea, Wildlife, Woodland